Breitbart editor on pro-Moore coverage: ‘We admit our biases’
Breitbart News Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow pushed back at criticism he is facing for sending reporters to investigate sexual harassment and assault claims against Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore.
The editor told Politico, “We admit our biases” when compared to other outlets claiming to be objective.
The declaration comes as Moore faced new accusations Monday from a woman who said he sexually assaulted her when she was 16 and he was in his early 30s, prompting several prominent Republican lawmakers to call for the embattled candidate to step aside in the Alabama race.
“We admit our biases,” Marlow said in an interview published Tuesday. “I’ll tell you that we would like to see a populist, nationalist, America-first conservative get elected.”
“There are so many people who want Judge Moore to not become the senator from Alabama, and it’s not just Democrats, it’s the Republican establishment, it’s the media establishment,” the 31-year-old Marlow added. “And what happens in Alabama, either side is going to use it to claim momentum heading into 2018. It’s a hugely significant race.”
Several journalists from other outlets mocked Breitbart last week after the site attacked the original The Washington Post report published on Nov. 9 that included allegations that Moore pursued sexual relationships with teenagers including a 14-year-old girl.
Breitbart claimed the newspaper was engaging in “activist behavior” by persuading Moore’s accusers to come forward.
It’s called journalism. Breitbart might want to try it some time — pic.twitter.com/m8x7gTLHUv
— Karen Tumulty (@ktumulty) November 12, 2017
This is literally the most hilarious “scoop” of the year. The Washington Post conducts exceptional, entirely above-board journalism and the very practice is so foreign and incomprehensible to Breitbart that they imagine it to be a scandal. https://t.co/rFPCM2GD7P https://t.co/W2elrCqCUI
— Christopher Orr (@OrrChris) November 12, 2017
Breitbart should have just credited the Post for its big revelation. This how-they-got-the-story detail was right in the original story. pic.twitter.com/8MVCbfUn52
— Amy Argetsinger (@AmyArgetsinger) November 12, 2017
Either they don’t understand how journalism works or are choosing to be willfully ignorant. https://t.co/uzqm12WoV6
— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) November 12, 2017
Former White House chief strategist and current Breitbart executive chairman Stephen Bannon said Friday that the accusations are a result of “the politics of personal destruction.”
“This is deeper than politics — it’s about trying to destroy a man’s life,” Bannon told Bloomberg.
“This is nothing less than the politics of personal destruction,” he added. “And they need to destroy him by any means necessary.”